The University of Alaska Anchorage ushered in a new era in Seawolf Athletics on Friday night with an ‘Arena Celebration’ ceremony to commemorate the soon-to-be constructed Sports Arena.

The event featured a virtual fly-through of the future $109 million facility, along with speeches from Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, UAA Chancellor Tom Case, State Senator Kevin Meyer, and Representative Bill Stoltze. The festivities were followed by an all-Seawolf Meet & Greet, with autographs and free refreshments.

The Arena Celebration marked moving forward with the building a much-needed sports facility for UAA and the Anchorage community. UAA's new arena – slated for the corner of Providence Drive and Wellness Street on UAA campus – will be designed to offer training facilities for all Seawolf athletic programs and a competition venue for Seawolf basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. Once open in 2014, the arena will also serve as a recreational and performance space for UAA students and the Anchorage community.

Attendees at Friday’s event also received a free ‘Golden Ticket’ credential, which can be used for admission to the first-ever Seawolf athletic event in the new arena.